Psalm 51




1 To the overseer: chanting to David; In the coming to him of Nathan the prophet, when he went in to Bathsheba. Compassionate me, O God, according to thy mercy: according to the Multitude of thy compassions wipe away my transgressions.
2 Multiply to wash me from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I shall know my transgression, and my sin is always before me.
4 Against thee, thee alone, did I sin, and I did evil in thine eyes: so that thou wilt be justified in thy speaking, and thou wilt be pure in thy judging.
5 Behold, I was born in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold, thou didst delight in truth in the reins, and in bidden things thou wilt cause me to know wisdom.
7 Thou wilt purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: thou wilt wash me and I shall be white above snow.
8 Thou wilt cause me to hear joy and gladness; the bones thou didst break shall rejoice.
9 Hide thy face from my sin, and wipe away all mine iniquities.
10 Create for me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit in my midst,
11 Thou wilt not cast me away from thy face, and thou wilt not take thy holy spirit from me.
12 Turn back to me the joy of thy salvation, and thy willing spirit shall uphold me.
13 I will teach those transgressing, thy ways, and those sinning shall turn back to thee.
14 Deliver me from bloods, O God the God of my salvation; my tongue shall rejoice in thy justice.
15 O Jehovah, thou wilt open my lips, and my mouth shall announce thy praise.
16 For thou wilt not delight in sacrifice, and thou wilt not take pleasure in burnt-offering.
17 The sacrifices of God a spirit being broken: a heart being broken and crushed, O God, thou wilt not despise.
18 Do Zion good in thy good will: thou wilt build the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then wilt thou delight in sacrifices of justice, in burnt-offering and whole burnt-offering: then they will bring up bullocks upon thine altar.